Choosing the correct asbestos course for you and your staff can sometimes be confusing so we have put together a short article to help you choose the right one.
Each employer must make sure that anyone who might disturb asbestos during their normal work, or who supervises those employees, gets the adequate level of information, instruction and training so that they can work safely and competently without risk to themselves or others.
There are three main levels of information, instruction and training. These relate to:
This type of training is needed to be given to employees whose work could expose them to asbestos in the working environment. It should be given to workers who are in the demolition trade or refurbishment/maintenance trades where their work could potentially disturb the structure of the building.
Asbestos awareness training is in fact not training to work with any type of asbestos material. It’s most likely to form the initial part of training for work with asbestos, but does not meet the legal requirements on it’s own.
Occupations: Trades people, demolition workers, general maintenance staff, construction workers, gas fitters, electricians, plumbers, decorators, joiners, roofers, heating engineers, telecomms engineers, fire alarm installers, computer installers, building surveyors, architects and shop fitters.
People who work as architects or building surveyors will usually require a more advanced course with additional modules.
Non-Licensed work with Asbestos
Occupations: Anybody carrying out non-licensed works with asbestos related materials as shown in CAR 2012, Reg 3(2). This includes demolition or construction workers, general maintenance staff, electricians, gas fitters, plumbers, painters and decorators, joiners, plasterers, roofers, heating engineers, telecomms engineers, computer installers, fire and burglar alarm fitters, architects, building surveyors and other professionals which could work on asbestos containing materials as defined in CAR 2012.
The duration of the training is divided into 3 categories.
B1. Initial training with no previous asbestos awareness training in the past. The duration for this training will be one and half days or a minimum of nine learning hours. This must include the asbestos awareness element.
B2. Initial training with previous certificated asbestos awareness training within six months of the start date. Verification of this training must be undertaken by the training provider and must be no more than six months from the date of the asbestos awareness training. If the asbestos awareness training falls outside of this, then B1 training will be required (see above). The duration for this training will be 1 day or a minimum of 6 learning hours.
B3. Refresher asbestos awareness training having undergone B1, B2 or B3 above within the last twelve months. Previous training certification should be verified to ensure that this was undertaken within the last twelve months. Failure to demonstrate this will require B1 training as above. The expected duration for the refresher training will be determined by the training provider and would normally be no less than three learning hours.
Licensable work with asbestos
Any people carrying out licensable work with asbestos materials as laid down in CAR 2012. This includes licensed asbestos removal contractors and scaffolders who undertake licensed asbestos ancillary work, companies looking after negative pressure units and class “H” vacuums. Also those who need to enter into enclosures to carry out other ancillary work.
At least six learning hours. Licensable training is separated into the following categories:
New Operative: Three days or a minimum of eighteen learning hours. Inclusive of one day or a minimum of six learning hours of practical sessions.
New Supervisor: Three days or a minimum of eighteen learning hours. Inclusive of one day or a minimum of six learning hours of practical sessions.
New Managers or Director: Two days or a minimum of twelve hours of learning.
Scaffolders: Half a day or a minimum of three learning hours.
Scaffolding Supervisors: Half a day or a minimum of three learning hours. This is in additional to the half a day or minimum of three learning hours Scaffolder training.
Managers/Directors of Scaffolding Companies: One day or a minimum of six learning hours.
Supervisory Licence Holders: Two to four days or a minimum of twelve to twenty four learning hours which is inclusive of one day or a minimum of six learning hours of practical sessions.
Some employees may be exempt from certain modules if they hold relevant qualifications. A TNA should identify the outstanding training that should be covered in addition to previous training undertaken.
Refresher training for all roles: One day or a minimum of six learning hours (with the exception of Scaffolders and Scaffolding Supervisors where the duration of this training will be ½ day or a minimum of three learning hours).